The Met Department has forecasted that parts of the country will continue to experience strong winds leading to dusty conditions that have reduced visibility since yesterday evening. The conditions in offshore areas are likewise expected to remain tempestuous.
The weather office yesterday said in a tweet that satellite images have depicted a huge dusty cloud moving towards Qatar which is expected to bring the visibility down to 2km or less in some areas of the country. As soon as the dust cloud made contact with the country and spread over the skies, the visibility dropped to less than 1km in some areas, the weather office announced via its twitter handle.
Keeping these developments in view, the weather office in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health issued a safety advisory urging motorists in particular to drive cautiously, especially on the country’s highways. The Met Office also stated that the dust is expected to gradually settle by Friday morning.
However, fresh winds from the North-Westerly direction will continue to blow and make the conditions feel colder than usual, the Met department has said. The conditions in the offshore areas will be marked by high-waves (13 feet) and the blowing of strong winds with speeds reaching up to 35 knots.
According to the forecast issued by the Met Department for today winds with speeds going up to 25 knots in inshore areas and 28 knots in offshore areas are expected to blow and sea levels may rise by as much as 9 feet.
The conditions are expected to be hazy to misty initially in the day at some places of the country and dust is expected to blow at some areas. The temperatures are expected to be below normal during night.
The conditions in the offshore areas have been predicted to remain generally dusty
The minimum temperature of 14C is expected in Mesaieed and Wakrah today, followed by 15C in Dukhan, Al Khor and Abu Samra and 17C in Ruwais area and 18C in Doha.